Book Review

Artists in exile : how refugees from 20th century war and revolution transformed the American performing arts / Joseph Horowitz.

Horowitz, Joseph, 1948-

A chronicle of musicians and other artists from Germany, Russia, and elsewhere in Europe who flocked to America fleeing 20th century wars and other encroachments on their freedom, this book makes history come alive by tracing the lives of the masterminds behind some of the most famous and beloved shows and music in the United States today.

In search for a better life away from the hampering effects of war and hardships on their creative pursuits, virtuosos such as Leopold Stokowski arrived to America to reshape the performing arts while creating a picture of what life was like in Europe or their version of the American experience. I recommend this intriguing book.

By Kecia Logan
Submitted: April 1, 2014